The proposal comes on the tail of the recent approval of a bus-only lane on one of the city's most travelled roads.
"[T]he mayor argues that the lane, and several more like it, would help give Los Angeles a "world-class transportation system." Funding for the new bus lanes has to be secured, but the mayor is citing the success of such projects in cities in Peru, Spain and South Africa.
Chairing the regional transportation board is important to the mayor, who is seeking to make transit a legacy of his administration. He plans to use the position to bolster lobbying on behalf of Metro in Washington and Sacramento, and to push America Fast Forward, his initiative to accelerate locally funded transportation projects using federal financing."